This Section contains information you may need during the Course and when revising. There is no need to read it now; just refer to it when necessary.
How the assessment adds up
There are four assignments and two assignments (multiple choice). All the assignments must be submitted via the e-submission in the OLE. They are all required for assessment. Assignment 03 will be based on your work at Week-end Schools. In your interest, it is best to tackle all the assignments because your result may be improved by doing so.
Table 2 Weighting of Assessment
2 Assignments (multiple choice)
Assignments (multiple choice) 41
Assignments (multiple choice) 42
The final examination is a written paper of three hours, and you will attempt the questions without the help of any notes or printed materials relating to the course. A list of physics formulas is provided in the Appendix of the examination paper. A simple scientific calculator is allowed. You will be sent a Specimen Examination Paper, which resembles the actual paper in both style and format so that you can get some idea of what to expect.
The course grade is mainly determined by the overall course score (CS) yet students are normally required to obtain a minimum in both overall examination score (OES) and overall continuous assessment score (OCAS) set by the University to obtain a Pass result. To be awarded a particular course grade, a student must meet the minimum CS set by the University.
Help with difficulties
For academic problems, relating to your understanding of aspects of PHYS S271, please contact your Course Tutor who will look after you throughout the course.
If you find any errors in the Course materials or have any suggestions for improvements, please write to the Course Coordinator addressing:
PHYS S271 Course Coordinator,
Rm A0935, HKMU Building,
Hong Kong Metropolitan University,
30 Good Shepherd Street,
HO MAN TIN, Kowloon
Books You Might Find Helpful
PHYS S271 is a self-contained course, designed to be studied without reference to textbooks. Nevertheless, you may occasionally find it useful to consult a book to have an alternative viewpoint. Perhaps, for reasons not connected with PHYS S271, you may also want to know where to find out more about specific topics. The list below gives some books which might be useful.
- Halliday, Resnick and Walker, Fundamentals of Physics, Wiley, 11th edn, 2018.
This book covers all the material of PHYS S271 at a slightly deeper level. The 11th edition is attractively produced, thorough and includes many worked examples and hints on how to solve problems. Some of the calculus goes beyond that used in PHYS S271 but if you wish to buy just one physics textbook this is the one the Course Team would most highly recommend.
- Young, Adams and Chastain, College Physics, Pearson, 11th edn, 2019.
The 11th edition of this old standard may be useful as preparatory reading. It does not contain calculus notation and does not go as far as PHYS S271 in some respects, but it does contain problem-solving hints.